Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid vows to get immigration 'bill across the finish line'
Meets with political, religious leaders and says that 'Nothing short of success is acceptable to me'
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) vows that he will use the power of his office to get immigration overhaul legislation through Congress. "I pledge that I will do everything in my power as Majority Leader to get a bill across the finish line," Reid said at a March for Citizenship event in Las Vegas.
"We can't do this piecemeal," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said. "And we can't do it without a pathway to earned citizenship. Nothing short of success is acceptable to me," he stressed.
"We can't do this piecemeal," Reid said. "And we can't do it without a pathway to earned citizenship. Nothing short of success is acceptable to me," he stressed.
The Republican-controlled House is considering taking on the issue piece by piece, rather than comprehensively. Many in the GOP have spoken out against providing a path to citizenship, arguing it sends out the wrong message by rewarding those who came here illegally. Hearings on aspects of the overhaul are set for after this week's recess.
Reid urged the group to stay active in pushing for passage of the Senate measure. "But I'll need your help and your support to get done. You need to stay involved and keep making your voices heard," Reid said.
Reid hopes to clear the bill through the full Senate before the Independence Day recess.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) appeared on Monday with Reid at the Milken Institute Global Conference and said he sees areas of agreement on the issue with Democrats. Those areas include providing more visas to high-tech workers, developing a guest worker program and providing a path to citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants through legislation known as the DREAM Act.
Cantor says that he hopes areas of disagreement won't dissuade lawmakers from passing some changes if it gets to that point.
"We can do a lot and I just hope that if we get to the point where there are some issues that seem insurmountable, let's go ahead and try to practice doing things together so we can get some things done," Cantor said.
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